Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16-4 SVCU on a roll....

SVCU continued their offensive onslaught as they skated to a 16-4 victory over Action Old timers. Dana "Hand Cuffs" Harris and Mike "Thrilla" Miller led the way scoring five goals a piece. Harris's tenacious fore check cashed big dividends, as forced turn overs by Action's defense led to numerous tic - tac -toe plays. Rick "Whiskey" Liske Jr. and Rob "Energizer" McDonald kept their goal scoring streaks alive by adding hat tricks , and Warren "Wheels" Gray netted a couple. Following in the foot steps of famous duo sport athletes such as Deon Sanders and Bo Jackson, SVCU blue liner Craig "Zammer" Zamzow, went from the hard wood of the volleyball court , to the ice surface of the coral, and maintained his perfect goal scoring percentage. Choosing to play a more stay at home game, Zamzow made good on his only recorded shot on goal by firing a rocket through the gaping five hole of the Action goal tender. SVCU next sees action on Sunday December 28 with the much anticipated rematch against the Swan River Raiders.

Monday, December 15, 2008

14-2 - SVCU back on track...

Coming off a poor offensive showing the night before, SVCU had no problem finding the back of the net against the Loggers from Minitonas. Leading the way with a hat trick was none other than Rick "Whiskey" Liske Jr. Back in his familiar "Power" forward position, Jr. was all over the ice, reminiscent of Whiskey Sr. in his prime. Scoring, back checking, and chawing, Jr. played the complete game. SVCUs' one - two punch of Mike "Thrilla" Miller and Rob "Energizer" McDonald with Warren "Clarkie" Clark riding shotgun, finished off many tic-tac-toe plays. Mike Smith, although not tested often, enjoyed a relatively quite evening, turning away 8 of the 10 shots that he faced . Warren "Wheels " Gray led all blue liners , bagging three goals and 4-5 helpers. Monday sees the Old Tymer's tilting with Action , and then finishing off the holiday season with their annual Christmas " Skate,Eat,and be Merry", evening.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Outlaws Rock SVCU 10-3...

A 1-0 lead was short lived, as the Valley Outlaws handed SVCU their third loss of the season. Playing in the chilly confines of the Minitonas Arena, the Outlaws took full advantage of the keen ice conditions. Had it not been for the stellar play of SVCU net minder Mike "Smitty" Smith, the game would have been out of reach after the first period. Few bright spots were found in this one - sided affair, however Warren "Clarkie" Clark continued his goal scoring streak by potting 2 of the three SVCU markers. Mike "Moves" Miller, Rob "Stone Hands" McDonald, and Pat "Crash " Morden, were held to just one goal, despite recording a combined 30 + shots on goal. Seeing duty on the blue line for the fist time since Pee Wee, Rick "Whiskey" Liske Jr. was reported to have suffered from severe neck strain. SVCU will have a chance to redeem themselves as they host the Minitonas Loggers Wednesday evening at the Swan Corral.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

SVCU comeback to win 10-4...

A one week hiatus in the bush tracking ungulates had little affect on the play of SVCU puck stopper Mike "Smitty" Smith. Spotting LP to an early 4-1 lead, Smith made a huge glove hand save that seemed to give the Old Tymer's a much needed spark. On the ensuing play the soft handed net minder went tape to tape to defense men Craig "Zammer" Zamzow who went end to end giving Smith his first helper of the year. The defensive duo of Warren "Wheels" Gray and Craig "Zammer" Zamzow combined for more than half of SVCU's offensive output, reminiscent of the early Oiler combination of Paul Coffey and Charlie Huddy. Making his SVCU debut, rookie power forward Rick "Whiskey" Liske Jr. was held scoreless, but made his presence felt in front of the oppositions net. Dana "Handcuffs" Harris provided some much needed back checking , playing a solid two way game. Warren "Clarkie" Clark showed the patience of a 50 goal scorer, as he out waited a sprawling LP goal keeper, and made no mistake hitting the top shelve . Rounding out the scoring for SVCU were Jeremy "Jake " Gray, Pat "Crash" Morden, and Rex "Golden Vet" Leach. Next week SVCU is on the road for a tilt with the Outlaws in Minitonas on Tuesday night, and host the Minitonas Logger's Wednesday night.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Genral Manger and Director of Hockey Operations pushes for training program...

Former SVCU all-star and current G.M and Director of Hockey Operations Dave "Stick Man" Bettesworth is pushing hard for a new?? and rather radical training program. "It's a combination of intense dry land training sessions, followed up with a very strict and essential carbohydrate replenishing schedule. " It was this exact type of training that kept Bettesworth up among the league's upper echelon for the majority of his playing career. "I feel that it's time for me to share all my personal training tips and experiences, If I'm going to help get this organization back on top." No current players for SVCU were available for comment.

Rick "Tetley" Reich records first win in over a year...

Coming off a stellar "Shut Out" performance, Mike "Smitty" Smith thought now was as good as time as any to go on a week long hunting expedition. Called up for the first time since being placed on the injury reserve list, Rick "Tetley" (as in more holes than a tea bag) Reich, admirably filled the void. Reich, a stand up goalie from a forgotten era, played superbly. Remaining on his feet for 59:45 out the 60:00, this somewhat unorthodox style seemed to stymie Silver Seven Shooters all evening. Rookie sensation Mike "Moves" Miller was a one man scoring machine. Netting seven plus goals himself, (many of them deemed highlight reel quality) the unselfish rookie continuously set the plate for line mates Chris "Lanks" Zamzow and Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray . Taking time out from his busy running schedule, SVCU blue liner Brian "Barnes" Minish was once again found floating in familiar territory for a major portion of the game. Reich was left wondering on more than one occasion if Barnes had changed his position to Denter. Next action for SVCU has them hosting L.P on Wednesday night.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mike "Smitty" Smith shuts the door on the Logger's...

Picking up where he left off last season, Smitty recorded his first shut out the season. " The puck was like a beach ball , there was no way that I was letting anything pass me tonight" Smitty was quoted as saying.Icing eight skaters for the second consecutive week, SVCU had no problem finding the back of the net no less than 13 plus times.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

S.V.C.U. starts season going 1-1-1 in first three...

After opening the season with a hard fought 2-2 draw with Raiders, S.V.C.U. followed up with a 10-5 loss at the hands of the Valley Outlaws. Looking for their first "W" of the season, a short benched S.V.C.U. squad skated to a 10-4 win over Action Old Timers. Warren "Wheels" Gray and Craig "Zammmer" Zamzow playing 60 plus minutes on the back end, skated as if in mid season form. Veterans Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles and Barry "Shooter" Eggie were a dominant offense force. Eggie, showing his shooting expertise, deposited a nifty backhand behind a sprawling Action goaltender. Mike "Smitty" Smith, although not having one of his busier nights, played a solid game between the pipes. Things seem to heading in the right direction, next up for S.V.C.U. are the Loggers from Minitonas.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Credit Union Announces 2008-09 Roster...

October 19, 2008

SVRHA Release 2008-09/002

For Immediate Release

Swan River, MB - The Credit Union Oldtimers are happy to confirm the 2008-09 roster
after a summer full of negotiations. Players requesting their outright release were Jason Ryden, Aaron Goethe, and Derek Henkelman.
Ryden, 36 has moved on to pursue work opportunities and promote the Communist Ideal.
Long heralded as one of the only dmen in CU's prominent 33-year history to lead the rush more often than Barnes. His quick feet, wicked shot, and ability to chastise officials will be missed.
Goethe, 30 only played one season with CU. Prior commitments to curling and a trapline limited Goethe to little action in 2007-08 and he has decided to step back until he is tourney "legal".
Henkelman, 32 of Swan River, MB played two seasons with the Noir, Rouge, et Blanc after an unimpressive career in the Kenville Flyers farm system. In two seasons Henkelman racked up 13 goals and 32 assists (and those are just the ones deposited behind Smitty). The Credit Union Oldtimers will miss his "famed" reverse and wish Derek the best in 2008-09 and hope he looks forward to the tenacious fore checking of Duke and Surgeon (buy ankle guards).
On the acquisition front, SVCU is happy to announce the following recruits...
Following a lengthy knee /back re-habs, Randy Mateika, 48 of Minitonas made a cameo in last spring's tourney and has since re-signed for the 2008-09 season. After a high scoring career on the Minitonas Eagles famed KMM line in the 90's, Mateika has shown he has the complete game with Credit Union as his tenacious fore-check is dreaded by opposing dmen.
Rick Reich, 52 of Swan River is another SVCU vet who returns after a 2-year layoff. Reich attempted to fulfill a lifelong dream by making the Canadian diving team in Beijing this summer,through diligent practice in his shop. Reich has been training hard with Claude Lemieux as they both attempt comebacks and find their previous stellar form. Teammates have long wondered if Reich's stand-up style is more related to his attempt to emulate Ken Dryden or if his is simply too "tight" to risk need to purchase new pads.
Rick Liske, 37 is attempting to follow in the illustrious foot-steps of his father Gerry who patrolled the SVCU wings in the mid-late 1970's. Liske, originally recruited a year ago, has an impressive resume that includes stops with the Swan River Optimists, Thompson King Miners, and Beausejour Comets. Liske who was overheard at the 2008 spring tourney as saying he could score 40 in figure skates will now have the added pressure to produce.
Dana Harris, 35 moved to Swan River a few seasons ago and with the "folding" of the local RCMP club, Harris was at the top of the SVCU recruiting list. Harris is well known for his blinding speed, "rifle" shot, and tireless fore check/back check. This may cause him with problems fitting in with this club of floaters but hopefully his efforts are contagious (and not his athlete's foot).
Mike Miller, 29 of Swan River is the second-half of our newly acquired "red serge" riflemen. Miller has shown lateral movement that rivals that of former Jet Dale Hawerchuk and is is expected to be a triggerman to add to an already potent SVCU offence. SVCU GM Dave Bettesworth is presently working "behind-the-scenes" for available birth certificates from the Witness Protection Programto massage Miller's birthdate prior to tourney time

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Champions...

The "C" final saw the Winnipegosis Hawks down the Dauphin Kinks 6-2. Mike Sass lead the Hawks with 2 goals and an assist. Winnipegosois jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.
Two teams from the south, the Birtle Old Puckers and the Gladstone Old Duckers clashed in the "B" final. The teams were deadlocked at 3 after one. Birtle went ahead early in the second, only to have Gladstone knot it up minutes later. With less than 3 minutes left in the game, Birtle sniper Mark Wakerly bulged the twine, giving the Old Puckers the "B" championship.
The "A" final saw the Valley Outlaws tangle with the Hudson Bay Old Bulls. The Outlaws lead 3-2 after one on goals by A. Riddell, K. Betcher, and J. Mosiondz. Pulling their goalie on a power play in the dying minutes, the Old Bulls gamble back fired when Ricky Betcher salted the win by hitting the empty net making the final score 4-2 Outlaws.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Playoffs...

The first "C" semi-final pitted the Bowsman Burnouts against the Dauphin Kinks. In a very close game the Dauphin Kinks came out on top with a 7-5 victory. This earned the Kinks a trip to the "C" final. In the other "C" semi-final, the Winnipegosis Hawks skated to a 7-5 win over the Swan River Raiders.
The first "B" semi-final had the Big Island Bears of Flin Flon face off against the Gladstone Old Duckers. The Ducks ran rough shod over the Bears 9-4. The second "B" semi-final saw the Birtle Old Puckers ground the Kenville Flyers 13-5.
SVCU Old Tymers played host to the Hudson Bay Old Bulls in the first "A" semi-final. Falling behind 2-0 early in the first, SVCU battled back and held a 3-2 lead at the end of one. Picking up where they left off, SVCU scored two quick goals to make it 5-2. Never ones to roll over and die, the Old Bulls battled back from what seemed to be an insurmountable lead to make it 6-5 in the final minutes of the game. Pulling their goaltender, SVCU threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Hudson Bay goal, but came up short.
The second "A" semi-final had the Valley Outlaws do battle with the Flin Flon Bombers. Drinking buddies the night before, both teams had the "Edge On " come game time. Showing few effects of a weekend of "Lodging" it the Valley Outlaws outlasted the Bombers 5-3, earning them a trip to the "A" final.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pool "C" and "D" action...

In "C" Pool action the Valley Outlaws opened their tourney with a 9-1 win over the Kenville Flyers. The Flyer's gained a victory in their second game by defeating the the Winnipegosis Hawks 5-4. Winnipegosis finished the round robin with a tilt against the Valley Outlaws. A win would set up a three way tie in the pool, a loss would see them in the "C" semi-finals. The Outlaws prevailed with a 4-0 victory.
In pool "D" the Birtle Old Puckers handed the Swan River Raiders an opening 11-2 loss. The Flin Flon Bombers gave the Raiders their second loss with a 13-2 win. This set up the much anticipated game for first place in the pool between Birtle and Flin Flon. In a fast paced game the Bombers came away with a 6-2 win. With the round robin ending, teams would now ready themselves for their playoff match ups.

"A" and "B" Pool action...

In Pool "A" the Hudson Bay Old Bulls defeated the Bowsman Burn Outs 9-1 in the tourney opener. The Big Island Bears from Flin Flon gave Bowsman their second loss in round robin action 5-1, placing the Burners into the "C" semi-final. This set the stage for the Bay and Big Island to square off and decide who would go to the A semi-final. The Old Bulls proved to be to much for the Big Island Bears handing them a 5-2 loss, and a trip to the "B" semi finals.
In Pool "B" the host and defending Champions SVCU Old Tymer's opened their tourney with an 11-2 victory over the Dauphin Kinks. SVCU's next opponent would be the Gladstone Old Duckers. In a low scoring, hard fought battle, the defending Champs hung on to a 3-1 win. This put SVCU into the "A" semi-finals, leaving Gladstone and Dauphin to do battle with the winner advancing to the "B" semi-final. In a see-saw game, Gladstone prevailed with a 5-4 win and a place in the "B" semi- finals.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tourney 2008 Draw and Update... click on the following links..

Click on the following links for a news release and draw for the 2008 C.U. Old Tymer's 33 Annual Spring Classic.. If you are having trouble , follow the instructions on the right hand side bar to download Adobe Reader.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Raider's upset SVCU 3-1...

This was not the pre-tourney warm up that SVCU had in mind. Playing the majority of the evening in their own end, SVCU was once again badly out played by the Swan River Raiders. Caught flat footed for most of the contest, SVCU struggled to gain puck possession in either end of the arena. Stand out goaltender Mike "Smitty" Smith was tested early and often , and made numerous key saves that kept the game close. Receiving very little help from the front end, the defensive trio of Craig "Zammer" Zamzow, Brain "Barnes" Minish and Evan "Man Boy" Morden battled diligently all night long. One other bright spot in this sordid affair was the play of Craig "Zammer" Zamzow. The big bruising defence man made countless rushes and assisted on the lone marker scored by Minish. Showing no signs of a recent back injury, the dangling D-man seems to have found his stride again. Hopefully the same will hold true for the rest of the SVCU squad come tourney time.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

SVCU Bounce Back ... 10-3 win over RCMP...

Doing what they do best, SVCU used their speed and quick puck movement, to hand the RCMP a 10 -3 loss. Jeff "Skinny " Knight led all SVCU scorers with four goals . Matching Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson's Dipsy Doodling step for step, the shifty forward seems to be finding his stride at just the right time. Badly out shooting the opposition, countless shots finding the iron, left many SVCU forwards frustrated and dumbfounded. Mike "Smitty" Smith although not overly worked , made the big save when called upon. With their annual Spring Tourney only weeks away, SVCU seems to be heading in the right direction. The countless hours of dry land training, the well thought out game scheduling, all part of a season of preparation as defending Champions , will soon be put to the test...

Friday, March 14, 2008

3-2 Loss to Raider's humbles SVCU... Mike "Smitty" Smith joins an elite group..

Perhaps it was the full roster, perhaps it was the week long lay off, whatever the reason SVCU seemed to have taken the night off. . If not for the almost flawless performance by net minder Mike "No Look " Smith, the game would have been over after 30 minutes. From the opening face off, the Raider's were all over SVCU, out skating, out shooting, out working, and eventually out scoring. Smith , making one big save after another, held the Raider onslaught to 2, allowing SVCU to score and get themselves back into the game. Opening the scoring on a quick shot off the draw, Randy "Knees" Matekia showed mid season form , on this his first outing in almost two years. Finding new life, SVCU took control of the game in the later stages and knotted up the score on a "seeing eye dog" shot to the top corner by Warren "Wheels" Gray. Pressing for the go ahead goal in the final minutes, SVCU turned the puck over in the neutral zone , forcing goaltender Mike Smith to rush out of the net and make a "no look" pass onto the stick of a fore checking Raider, who promptly deposited the puck into the open net. SVCU has but two weeks to prepare themselves for their season ending Tournament, will they rise to the occasion, only time will tell.....

Thursday, March 6, 2008

SVCU Chip by Loggers 4-3...

With three of SVCU's top sniper's out of the lineup veterans Gary "Duke" Kennedy and Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles responded to the challenge. Showing the passion and drive of a forty something, Kennedy single handily accounted for half of the SVCU offense. "Duke" opened the scoring for SVCU when he blew by a startled Logger defender, walked in and "roof daddied" a wrist shot over the shoulder of the motionless netminder. Not stopping there, Kennedy sealed the deal by hacking and whacking a loose puck into the net in the final minutes of the game. Not to be outdone , Bowles found the back of the net on a pretty give and go play. Warren "New Guy" Clark opened the scoring with a gritty " go to the net" goal that seemed to give SVCU a bit of life. The "Zamzow Brothers" reunited once again on the blueline played a very stay at home game. Picked up as two free agents for an up and coming "over the hill" (55+) tournament in Victoria , both Kennedy and Bowles will not be lacing up with SVCU at their anuual Spring Tourney. Playing the best hockey of their storied careers, one can only surmise that the " tenacious two " are not sure that a roster spot will be handed to them come next fall. Next action for SVCU will be Wednesday night when the do battle with they Swan River Raider's. Should be a good one.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

9 - 0 , Mike "Smitty" Smith Clears Up Trade Talk and Shuts the Door..

Tired of answering phones, faxes, e-mails, and text messages, "No I'm not going to Tampa Bay, that would be the other Mike Smith ", SVCU net minder Mike "Smitty " Smith made his own headlines last night. Playing perhaps the best hockey of his career, Smith was unbeatable. Seeing everything from all angles, controlling rebounds with ease, and flashing more leather than Ernie Pierrepont does in a life time, the resilient puck stopper finally was rewarded for his efforts. Playing the role of "Rentals", the combination of Craig "one more shot" Zamzow, and Barry "Crash the Net" Eggie could not find a crack in the cagey minders armour. Not wanting to have a repeat performance of previous outings, SVCU's blue line stayed true to the task at hand, and were an instrumental part in Smitty's shut out bid. Next action for SVCU sees them headed out to Bowsman Friday night to tangle with the Silver Seven.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

SVCU Overcomes Shaky Start to Ground Flyers.....

An uncharacteristic giveaway in the opening shift by Warren “Wheels” Gray, gave the Kenville Flyers an early 1-0 lead. SVCU quickly regrouped and went on to down the Flyer’s 14-3. Gray, attempting to pass the puck behind the net, had it careen off the side to a wide open Flyer, who promptly deposited it into the back of the SVCU net. Whispers of "give it away, give it away, give it away now" supposedly could be heard from the Old Tymer’s bench. Undaunted by his mistake, Gray proceeded to tie the game on the next shift and SVCU never looked back. In the onslaught that followed, SVCU took control, demonstrating their strong passing game. At times, the forward line of Gray-Gray-& Morden seemed more interested in setting up the perfect play, than scoring, but did finish on many chances. The line of Bowles-Knight-Eggie, also chipped in offensively. On the heels of his “Hat Trick” performance, proving once again that he is not a “one trick pony”, Dennis “Surgeon” Bowles managed to fire a "bullet" past the almost-impenetrable glove-side of Flyer net minder Ernie Pierrepont. The defensive pairing of Campbell & Henkelman, aided by Craig “Gotta Go” Zamzow for 15 minutes of the first period, were a bit baffled by the early departure of their teammate. An unconfirmed source heard the exhuberant D-Man saying, "I'm heading home for a belated Valentine's Day present". Derek “Hips” Henkelman had a strong game - impressing his teammates with his ability to play any and every position. Mike “Smitty” Smith was stellar and seemed unfazed by Kenville's early lead. In a late game move, Blaine “Soupy” Campbell was moved to centre ice to offer his rendition of back checking. The big " D-Man” turned "power forward", ended up scoring 4 goals, and had he played the whole game at centre ice, he may have just had a shot at breaking the goals per game record, set by Marvin “Sniper” Clarkson a few weeks earlier. SVCU hosts the Action Old-timers next Wednesday night.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

?? - 4, SVCU Take Loggers to the Mill...

The return of the “Magnificent Seven" meant goals, goals, and more goals . Leading the way was none other than SVCU sniper Marvin Clarkson. A weekend of “Corporate Challenging" didn't seem to slow the big power forward at all. Shooting at every opportunity, Clarkson had the young Logger Tender shaking chips. The unofficial score sheet had Gary "Duke" Kennedy, Denis "Surgeon” Bowles, and Barry "Shooter " Eggie all recording hat tricks. Not since the early 70's have we seen a performance like this, when the trio were mere rookies, all ribs and nuts, chomping at the bit for ice. Forced to play with a two man blue line again, the duo of Zamzow and Minish , despite feeling the effects of a weekend of " Challenging", somehow managed to play to the last whistle. Smitty once again came up with the "Big" save when called upon. All former equipment issues seem to be a thing of the past. Next up for SVCU is a Wednesday night tilt with the Kenville Flyers.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

SVCU give SVRSS Tigers an 8 - 2 Schooling...

A welcome break to the fast paced, edgy games of late, SVCU worked on puck control and movement against the SVRSS Tigers. Making his return to the lineup, Chris "Iron Lung" Zamzow showed no signs of a month long hiatus, creating break away moves that even made older brother Craig "Bootleg" Zamzow Ohh and Ahh. Not to be "showed up" by his younger brother, the elder Zamzow went back to his bread and butter "Malik" move pulling it off flawlessly. Another quiet night for net minder Smith, however the off speed shots and knuckle pucks were enough to keep the puck stopper's head in the game. Continuing his offensive onslaught, Warren "Wheels" Gray led all scorers with four. Rex "Golden Vet" Leach also made his return, recuperating from a groin pull. When asked what the secret was to his remarkable quick return, the burly veteran was quoted, “I was basically frozen from the waist down for the last five days, plus the combination of the big purple horse pills that I have been popping like candy, and abstaining from late night extracurricular activities, has aided a speedy recovery." Next action for SVCU will be Tuesday night when they travel to Minitonas to take on the Loggers.

Monday, February 11, 2008

SVCU down Raiders 8 - 1 in a "Spirited " contest...

Mike " Smitty" Smith's second shutout bid in as many nights fell short once again. With less than 26 seconds left in the game, an errant clearing pass from behind the net ricocheted off a fore checking Raider defender and before you could say "What the fuck ! ," the red light was on. Despite this last minute set back, Smith once again put on an impressive goaltending clinic. Feeling the frustration of being shut out, the Raider's tried a little crash and burn on the cagey puck stopper. Warren "Wheels" Gray, having perhaps one of his finest outings this year, not only scored four goals, but was the man in the middle of the second period brouhaha. Playing nearly 60 minutes apiece, the Dynamic Defensive Duo of Derek "Hips" Henklemen and Craig "Boot leg" Zamzow played a near flawless game on the blue line. The two teams tangle one last time in early March.

Friday, February 8, 2008

SVCU Old Tymer's Handcuff RCMP 9-1...

Showing no signs of letting up offensively, SVCU continued to play a "free wheeling " brand of hockey reminiscent of the Oiler Dynasty of the mid 80's. Recently reunited, the line of Rob "Hands" McDonald, Jake "OT Kid" Gray, and Pat "Crash" Morden cashed in for five counters. Dubiously compared to the infamous Russian "KLM" line of the late 70's, the "MGM Grand" line used short, crisp passes that kept the RCMP on their heels as they maintained control of the puck for seemingly the entire game. The Veteran line of Gary "Duke" Kennedy, Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, and Rex "Golden Vet" Leach performed the "Trap" to near perfection. A unconfirmed report of two “lower body” injuries may have Leach and Bowles placed on the injury reserve list. Trying desperately to shake off his "Cruise Line" sea legs, Brian Minish aka "The Minister of Defense" played a rather cautious" stay at home” game. Taking advantage of this seemingly new defensive style of play, blue liners Warren "Wheels" Gray and Craig "Bootleg" Zamzow continued to be aggressively involved in the team's offense. If not for the outstanding play of goaltender Mike "Smitty" Smith, the outcome of the game may not have been so favorable for SVCU. Next action for SVCU sees them do battle with the Swan River Raider's on Sunday evening.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

9-1 win over Valley Outlaws.....

Playing the trap better than the NewJersey Devils , SVCU all but shut down the Valley Outlaws. Mike "Smitty" Smith's shutout bid was busted with 20 seconds left on a snipe by smooth skating Outlaw forward Kevin "Benny" Betcher.
After a scoreless first 15 minutes, Rex " Golden Vet" Leach opened the scoring on a tic tac toe passing play that left Outlaws tender Andy "Butch" Hodgson down and out. Warren "Wheels" Gray led all scorers with 4 goals, rounding out the scoring were singles by Blaine" Soup" Campbell, Jake "OT Kid" Gray, Derek "Hips" Henklemen, and Patty "Crash" Morden.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Beer, Wings, 9 - 1 score, Does it Get Any Better ? .......

Rounding out the week with a road trip to Benito to take on the Kenville Flyers, SVCU Old Tymer's continued their goal scoring prowess. Playing to a near scoreless draw, Jake "OT Kid" Gray put SVCU on the score board with less than 1 minute to play in the first period. Held scoreless in the first, the line of Bowles, Clarkson, and McDonald drew blood early and often in the second frame. Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson struggled to find the back of the net in the first frame, put to rest any thoughts of a scoring drought in the second frame, where he led the charge with 5 plus markers. Dennis "Nogoaloff" Bowles and Rob “Stone Hands" McDonald kept the big center men well fed all evening. Adding some speed and finesse to the veteran line of Barry "Shooter" Eggie and Rex "GoldenVet" Leach, Jake Gray making crisp passes, set the plate on countless occasions. The defensive trio of Blaine "Soup" Campbell, Craig "Head High" Zamzow, and Warren “Wheels" Gray moved the puck with ease, jumping in on many offensive drives. A relatively quite night for puck stopper Mike “Smitty" Smith, allowed the mask man to fine tune the basics of his game. Post game discussion seemed to center around the defensive commitment of Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson. At times being mistaken for a third opposition defenseman, Clarkson was quoted as saying "You can't score 10 goals in your own end". SVCU hosts the Valley Outlaws Wednesday and then has an encounter with the RCMP Thursday, and finishes out the week with a Sunday evening tilt with the Swan River Raiders.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

11 - 2 Tarnishing of the Silver Seven ....

Even the -40 temperatures could not cool off the offensive display by SVCU. Skating with a full squad for the first time this year, SVCU continued to have their way offensively. With all three lines contributing, SVCU scored early and never looked back. Veteran forward Rex "Golden Vet" Leach, skating and fore checking like a 49 year old, made numerous tape to tape passes. The game took an ugly turn when scrappy left winger Dennis " Surgeon " Bowles was blindsided with a crushing blow by a frustrated Silver Seven Defender. The questionable tactics did not end there , as freewheeling center men Jeff " Skinny" Knight was the recipient of no less than two possible season ending checks. Bowles, trying to shake the cob webs, was forced to hit he showers early. Later quoted "I didn't see the fucker coming, Hey did Barry score on my perfectly fed pass? " Stalwart on the blue line, the combinations of Zamzow /Gray, and Henklemen/Campbell proved to be impenetrable to the Silver Seven offensive forays. Mike "Smitty" Smith played a solid game despite ongoing equipment and vehicle issues. A spectacular glove save seemed to give the net minder the reassurance that the $300 purchase may well have been worth it. Thursday SVCU travels to Benito to take on the Kenville Flyer's.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson sets new SVCU record, but yearns to have moves like this 13 year old...

A game in which the score rivaled that of any "All Star" exhibition played on the weekend, SVCU skated to a 16-6 victory over Swan River Action. Demolishing the single game goal scoring record, Clarkson inked his name into the record book by denting the twine no less than 10 times. Gary "Duke" Kennedy opened the scoring with a tricky floater that seemed to handcuff the opposition goaltender. Freshly off a "fun in the sun" hiatus, Kennedy seemed preoccupied,deperately trying to shake the sand out his skates. Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, recently returning from Vegas with his shirt still on his back, played a strong game, feeding Clarkson on many of his record breaking goals. Veteran blue liners "Hips" Henklemen and Craig "Zammer" Zamzow provided some offense punch potting a pair each. Pat "Crash" Morden and Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray, seeing duty on the blue line, played a strong, physical game. Still working out equipment issues, Mike "Smitty " Smith turned the game around with a stellar leg save on the last of three penalty shots that he faced. SVCU continues this week with a home game Wednesday night against the "Silver Seven", then finishing with a road trip to Benito to take on the Kenville Flyers.

Friday, January 18, 2008

SVCU Tourney Roster Update...

January 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
Swan River, MB --

As the Credit Union Old Tymer's prepare to host their 33rd Annual spring tourney (April 3-6 2008) several recent roster developments have fired up the local rumour mill.
SVCU wish to announce that they have traded the tourney playing rights of LW Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles of Big Woody and LW Garry "Duke" Kennedy of parts unknown to the Prairie Road Apples for two cases of "stubby" Club leftover from the 1994 SVCU Xmas Party. Apparently "Hack" and "Slash" were aggressively recruited to participate in a 55+ Hockey Tourney in Victoria, BC. Dickie Dunn of the Vancouver Province reports his investigations have gleaned that this tourney is really an off-shoot of the Hockey Gladiators operated by Darryl "Beef" Wolski. Apparently he now feels fans will enjoy the entertainment much more if participants can use their sticks. Odds makers say the smart money is on the "Surgeon" but only because Rob "Blogmeister" McDonald is academically or age ineligible. Kerry "Fuzzy" Lowe will serve as a surviving witness to Rob's stickmanship.
In an unrelated story it appears SVCU has also lost the services of Brian "Scoop" Gilroy for this year's tourney. Despite being the first player to pay his dues this year, (despite challenging the current post game pop legislation) Gil has only made one game all season. Time will tell if he can surpass Pat Morden's team record of paying full dues and only making 2 games in the 2005-06 season. "Gil" advises the annual newspaper convention is in Winnipeg that weekend but further research has uncovered Denis Savard will be at the MTS Centre looking to fill the lead role in "Spin-A-Rama - The Denis Savard Story". The current Black Hawks coach was quoted in the Chicago Tribune of hearing of a Dauphin Kings sniper of the 1980's who replicated Savard's signature move at the old DMCC barn. Only after coming to Manitoba on a bender with Winnipeggers Johnathan Toews and Cam Barker did Savard realize the rumors were true.
As bad news come in threes, SVCU has also lost the services of Rick "Red Light" Reich for the balance of the season. Some teammates have questioned his intestinal fortitude comparing his 2006 fall to that of Greg Louganis in the 1984 Olympics. Reich is quick to point out that he landed on concrete as compared to Louganis hitting the diving board before landing softly in the pool. In his one appearance in the 2007-08 season Reich was handicapped by poor defensive coverage and the standard non-existent SVCU back checking. More importantly the club serves notice that it plans to host a garage sale to sell off Reich's equipment that takes up three stalls in the club's overcrowded locker.

For more information contact:

Mike Smith
Exec VP and one and only active goalie
SVCU Old Tymers

Chalk up another win 10 -3 over the RCMP...

Playing their second game in as many nights, SVCU's offensive onslaught showed no signs of slowing down. Reunited for the first time this season, the brother's "Gray" gave an impressive clinic on puck movement, and finshed with numerous high light reel goals. Veteran Barry "Shooter" Eggie provided the muscle and grit down the wall, however his over exuberance in the corners has proven to be rather expensive. Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson looking to match or better his previous night's performance , bulged the twine four times. A true teammate, Clarkson took the pressure off Rob "Hands " McDonald, and set the plate countless times for power forward Pat "Crash" Morden. Snake bitten would be an understatement, as Morden rifled shot after shot into the waiting goalkeeper. Called up from the farm, Evan "Man Boy" Morden had one of his best defensive outings to date. Under the watchful eye of veteran blue liners Craig "Zammer" Zamzow, and Derek "Hips" Henklemen, Morden broke up countless rushes, and used his size and strength to keep traffic in front Smitty to a minimum. Next action for SVCU will be next Wednesday evening when they play host to LP.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

SVCU skates to a 15 - 4 win.....

The SVCU Old Tymer's took the Swan River Raiders to task with an impressive offensive outing , lead by non other than Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson. Clarkson, centering flashy right winger Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray and Rob "Hands" McDonald, found the back of the net no less than five times. Feeling sorry for the under achieving McDonald, Clarkson added three helpers a side to each of his hard working line mates. Tiring from watching his stone handed left winger send yet another knuckle puck into the belly of the opposing goalie, Clarkson took it upon himself to work on improving his shooting percentage. Playing a more defensive game, the combination of Aaron "Trapper" Goethe, Jeff "Skinny" Knight , and Pat "Crash" Morden failed to capitalize on countless scoring opportunities. Rear guards Warren "Wheels " Gray, Derek "Hips" Henklemen , Craig "Zammer" Zamzow and Blaine "Soup" Campbell contributed offensively and kept things tidy in their own end. Keeping Mike "Smitty " Smith sharp, a few errant passes were quickly turned into glorious scoring chances for the Raiders. .Once again the cagey puck stopper rose to the occasion, snuffing out any come back attempt. The second of back to back games has SVCU playing the RCMP Thursday night .

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Old Time Hockey Pre-Game Pep Talk .....

18-7 SVCU Oldtymer's over SVRSS Tigers...

An all to familiar story once again saw the SVCU "Magnificent Seven" road crew ,journey south on Hwy #10 to Minitonas to do battle with the SVRSS Tigers. Lead by a six-goal effort by Chris "Iron Lung" Zamzow, the "Magnificent Seven" battled the Tigers tooth and nail. Ferocious fore checking supplied by veterans Barry" Shooter" Eggie and Rex "Golden Vet" Leach resulted in numerous turnovers and scoring opportunities. SVCU lineup was rounded out by Blaine "Soup" Campbell, Derek"Hips" Henkelman, Brian "Barnes"Minish, and Craig "Zammer" Zamzow.
Mike "Smitty" Smith again tended the net competently despite letting three goals in "on the AHL side". Smitty picked up a miraculous assist that would make Marty Turco blush, and followed that up with a beautiful tape-to-tape pass (unfortunately to a Tiger who promptly dented the twine"! ) With the trade dead line behind them, SVCU played a more relaxed, confident hockey game. Next action will be Wednesday night when SVCU hosts cross-town rival Swan River Raiders in their first of back to back games (RCMP Thursday). Will this heavy schedule pay divdends down the road come Tourney time ? ??? SVCU may just be banking on it!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

6-2 SVCU back on the winning track...

After a 45 minute warm up, and a first period of firing pucks at their own Mike "Smitty" Smith, who closed the door on almost all occasions, SVCU eventually came away with a 6-2 victory over the Silver Seven. Showing some remarkable hand-eye coordination , Jeff "Skinny" Knight tic- tacked a mid-air strike past a stunned Silver Seven goal keeper. Making his New Year debut Aaron "Trapper" Goethe skating along with Knight and Barry "Shooter" Egggie, provided some much need hustle to the SVCU line up. Feeling the strain of three games in four nights, SVCU's timing and intensity was lacking at times. However the veteran leadership of the SVCU blue line, righted the ship in the final frame. Smitty ,back in his familiar cage, closed the door on any Silver Seven come back bid. SVCU's final contest this week is a Friday night road trip to Minitonas to take on the SVRSS High School.

Monday, January 7, 2008

SVCU lose Pond Hockey Classic 8-5 to the Valley Outlaws...

After waiting outside a locked Bowsman Arena for 30 minutes , SVCU and the Valley Outlaws were finally able to hit the ice. Playing under the honour system (Offical unable to attend), the pace was quick, with few stoppages in play. This may have been to the Outlaws advantage, at times hemming SVCU in their own end for minutes. Making his post - Christmas return was Jeff "Skinny" Knight. Forced to skate between the "McDonalds", Knight showed no signs of rust, netting himself a hat trick. The veteran line of Barry "Shooter" Eggie, Rex "Golden Vet" Leach, and Gary "Duke" Kennedy , having a combined age greater than the entire Outlaw roster, diligently tried to slow the game down. Forced to play the majority of the game in their own end, SVCU's back end was resilient. Puck stopper Mike "Smitty" Smith was superb, keeping the game close. Defenders Blaine "Soupy" Campbell, Brian "Barnes" Minish and Bantam call up Evan "Man Boy" Morden , made numerous defensive plays as well as jumping up into many odd man rushes. Will this week ever end???

"Black Ace" call up makes an Immediate Impact...

Recently called up from the "Black Aces" and avoiding a possible trade dead line deal, Jason "Stripes" Ryden's season debut was by all accounts a huge success. Not to break up the highly successful three man blue line rotation, the unselfish Ryden was more than willing to take a spot on right wing. Knowing that his future with SVCU may be on the line , "Stripes " did not disappoint. Ryden's size , speed , and soft touch around the net, had many of his teammates commenting " Stripes is playing like a pre-Moore Todd Bertuzzie." Potting five goals , setting up countless others, Stripes left it all out on the ice. Not to be out done by the big power forward, 17 year veteran Barry "Shooter" Eggie had arguably his best game of the season. Relying on his powerful snap shot, Eggie found daylight in all areas of the oppositions net. Comments of " That fucker was a seeing eye dog to find that corner!" could be heard on the SVCU bench. When all was said and done SVCU 13-LP 5. Looking forward, this upcoming week will be a marathon for SVCU. Thanks to their schedule maker, they will play 4 games in 6 days.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Loggers felled by SVCU Oldtymers... 8-2

Despite battling a "Festive Season Hangover", SVCU started the new year on a winning note. A shaky start to the game for the Oldtymers forced Mike "Smitty" Smith to be sharp early. The defensive pairing of Brian "Barnes" Minish (2) and Blaine "Soup" Campbell (1) combined for 3 goals, and thwarted many offensive forays by the Loggers. Derek "Hips" Henkelman and Chris " Iron Lung" Zamzow played a very strong defensive game. "Iron Lung" Zamzow left the game early and was reported holding his arm in some discomfort. Replenished with post game fluids, Zamzow showed no apparent signs worthy a trip to the injury reserve list. The forward line of Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson, Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, and Warren "New Guy" Clark were foiled on numerous offensive attacks. Clarkson had trouble finding the net on countless tries, while line mate Bowles had no trouble finding the goalie's chest. Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson showing his unselfish side, set his line mates up all night long. The trio of Barry "Shooter" Eggie, Rex "Golden Vet" Leach and Warren "Wheels" Gray were offensively potent but at times snake-bitten. Mike "Smitty" Smith took a last second knee to the groin and lay motionless on the ice for what seemed like an eternity, but his strength and fortitude prevailed and he was able to brush off the injury. More importantly, Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, was quoted "can you come to work tomorrow?". Next action for SVCU will be Sunday evening when the hit the ice against LP.